“Full Moon” series continues…

It was exciting to get back into working with wood after a seven month Covid-closure of the community wood shop where I work. In my “Full Moon” series I am exploring my own relationship with natural world here in the desert region of Southern Arizona. I get my inspiration from the names of each full moon, and those names are rooted in the tightly couple relationships indigenous peoples of North America had with the earth and the cosmos.

My birth sign is Virgo, and each piece features the constellation of Virgo together with a representation of the Sun, Earth, and moon.

The latest piece captures my longing for rain and the dramatic violence of desert storms. I long to hear, see and smell the desert soaked in rainfall.

Several people have asked me how I come up with my ideas. It’s hard to answer as my brain is constantly skipping between visual images, sounds and the written word. I guess that is how imagination works. At some point I start to capture ideas in two dimensions sketches. These sketches are all over the place both physically and metaphorically. It would be nice to say that I am organized and have a sketchbook with me at all times… not the case. I end up scribbling on napkins, receipts, envelopes…. Sometimes the sketches are just words, but eventually a picture emerges. The sketch I have included above revealed itself to me on the butcher paper that I use to protect my workbench from glue and dyes.


The good news: My Dark Sky sculpture “Hunter Moon” has been juried into the Fall 2020 Tubac Center of the Arts Members’show. The show opens on November 20, 2020. The opening reception will be on Facebook live and the gallery is open for visits. (www.tubacarts.org).

“Hunter Moon” was the first in a planned series of 12 sculptures to celebrate the Dark Sky. Each piece features a red moon, a representation of Virgo, my birth sign, the sun and the Earth. The titles are embellished with personal perspectives that challenge my often restless nights. “Hunter Moon” explores the trade offs that we make when we try to restore our exhausted natural biological rhythms.

My series ground to a halt and with it my creative energy for things 3D when Covid forced the closure of the community woodworking shop, where I work.

In September the woodshop reopened, and with it my creative energy for sculpture. My work hours are limited due to “an abundance of caution” but the 6th sculpture in the series “Thunder Moon” is on its way. It’s a piece has been rumbling around in my subconscious since the early summer when the promise of the Monsoon dangled expectantly. Well it never came. The heat and dryness have been relentless, punctuated with weeks of overcast smoke filled skies. The sunsets however were magnificent!. “Thunder Moon” represents my longing for the violent psychedelic storms that punctuate the normal summer months… “Thunder Moon – I as Virgo, want to dance in the light to the rhythm of your beat”.